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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

25 - INCREASING OUR WEALTH FROM ANYTHING CONNECTED WITH IDOLATRY


Deuteronomy 7:26 -- “Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

“It is easily understood why it is prohibited to derive any benefit whatever from an idol. For sometimes, a person buys one with the intention of breaking it, but keeps it, and it becomes a snare to him. Even if he breaks it, recasts it, and sells it to a heathen, he must not use the money, which he has received in exchange for it; because people frequently mistake adventitious circumstances for essential causes… Thus a person might be successful and make a good profit on the business in which he employs the money received for the idol; he might then think that the idol was the cause of his success, and that the blessing of the money received for it brought him the profit; he would then believe in the idol – a belief which is precisely the reverse of the chief object of the Law, as is clearly seen in every word of it. For this same reason, we are forbidden to turn to our use the covering of the idol, its offerings or vessels. We are thus guarded against the idea of ascribing our success to idols.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 37

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